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Volvo V60 estate (2011-2018) - Practicality & boot space

A relatively small boot and cramped rear headroom means the Volvo V60 doesn’t offer the roomy interior you might expect

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Those used to the box-shaped Volvos of old will be in for a shock when they open the V60’s boot. Far from the best in class, its luggage capacity falls behind all of its key rivals. You pay for those stylish looks in the back seat, too. The Volvo’s sloping roofline eats into headroom, leaving six-foot adults feeling cramped.

Volvo V60 interior space & storage

There’s no problem getting comfortable in the front of the Volvo V60, and your storage needs are looked after by a large glovebox and door bins that can swallow a big bottle of water. There’s also a pair of cup-holders between the front seats and a lidded storage space under the central armrest. That floating centre console also serves a purpose – it has a tray for loose change hidden behind it. If you’re six feet tall or more, rear-seat headroom can become a real issue. Legroom is less of a problem, though.

Boot space

Volvo used to be famous for building spacious estates, but the V60 has sacrificed this trait in the name of stylish looks. You might be surprised to learn its 430-litre boot is 75 litres smaller than the one offered in the Audi A4 Avant, while the excellent Skoda Superb Estate offers an impressive 660 litres.

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The Volvo does win back some points by having no significant boot lip – so heavy items can be slid in easily – plus an integrated floor divider and retaining straps. The seats also fold completely flat to free up 1,246 litres of luggage capacity – although this is less than even the smaller Volkswagen Golf offers with all its seats down.

Towing

The maximum towing capacity of the Volvo V60 varies depending on the model, so while the D2 can pull no more than 1,600kg, the D4 can manage up to 1,800kg. This is some way off the Skoda Superb Estate, a number of versions of which can tow up to 2,200kg.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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